Originally Posted by AnchAK
I've been using Eberlestock Dragonfly and Blue Widow. Then I saw this pack. It's on my list of "new gear for 13' ".
Stone Glacier Ultralight Backpacks
The guy that designed them knows a few things about extreme lightweight hunting "go in light come out heavy".
I've pushed the limits on Eberlestock packs hiking out with Moose hind quarters pushing 100 lb. plus. I've started testing packs by using 25 lb. sand bags and progressing to 100 lb. to see where the comfort levels of the packs are and the weight limits of the packs.
Think about if you ever do a solo hunt and have to carry everything with you that you'll need then carry out a boned out animal. Or possibly a time where you will hike Moose or Caribou quarters over several miles or a large Brown Bear hide. Find a pack you like and see if you can borrow the model your looking at buying or see if the manufacturer will loan a pack out to test.
While I don't like the prices of the higher end packs, I'm thinking more along the lines of the your last paragraph now. A good pack should last me 20+ years and in those terms, it's a good price to buy a $600 pack.
I really would like something based on a frame that will let me use a 2000cui bag but then swap it out for a 5000cui bag as needed too. If I'm to spend this much, might as well get all the use out of it I can.
I am in SE WY and there are no stores here that carry anything along the lines we are discussing. I'd almost have to set up a tour of MT to try any of these packs out in person. Not sure how to get around that. I guess I could arrange to mail order a pack at a time then return them if they don't suit me, but that would get pricey as well. . .